‘Love, Sex and the IRS’ as bizarre as it sounds | Theater review

By Meredith Pechta | May 14, 2014
Photo by: Kelsey Jacobs Justin Kaznowski and Greg Lucas star in the Curtain Call Theatre Northwest's production of "Love, Sex and the IRS."

If you’re in need of a good laugh, look no further than the IRS – or actually, “Love, Sex and the IRS.” It’s a bizarre play filled with slapstick entertainment.

The story centers around two men named Jon and Leslie who share a small apartment. They are business partners and best friends.

However, problems arise from the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other. For one, Leslie has been fooling around with Jon’s fiancée.

But that’s nothing compared to the secret that Jon’s been keeping for years. To cheat on his taxes, Jon has been claiming to be married to Leslie, saying that he’s a woman on paper!

Now the IRS is finally suspicious enough to send an agent named Mr. Spinner over to meet the Mrs.

So Jon and his conniving fiancée, Kate, conspire to disguise Leslie as a woman. Not all goes according to plan, of course.

What happens when Jon’s mother and Leslie’s girlfriend stop in that day, too? Will they be going to jail, and how far are they really willing to go?

The Curtain Call Theatre Northwest has assembled a cool cast who all get their moments to shine.

Justin Kaznowski plays the very nervous Jon. His comic timing is priceless, as he goes from one catastrophe after another.

The avuncular Leslie Arthur is played by Greg Lucas. He has the challenge of spending more than half of the play in a dress. His character spirals, trying to figure out what the right thing to do is.

Kelsey Jacobs plays the seductive Kate who obviously has some issues of her own. She will go through hell and high water to keep the men she cares about out of jail. If that means pretending to be one of their sisters, so be it.

IRS agent Floyd Spinner is played by Dennis Moore. His character goes through quite a metamorphosis. He goes from suspicious agent to a drunken letch in record time.

BriAnne Green plays Jon’s uptight and understandably shaken mother, Vivian. She’s so upset by the apparent circumstances, that her only recourse is to drink herself into a stupor. Thankfully, her performance doesn’t need your prayers.

Mike Rorvick plays Jon and Leslie’s dubious landlord, Jansen, who comes in during the ill-fated day, almost blowing the whistle.

Leslie’s long-suffering girlfriend, Connie, is played by Rebby Foster. She, of course, knows who Leslie is, but roles with the punches when she concludes that her boyfriend has a fetish she didn’t know about.

And last but not least is John Chapman as Arnold Grunion. He appears late in the show and has an interesting job to perform. It has something to do with justice.

Please don’t miss this strange and hilarious romp that has a lot to say about getting what you pay for.

“Love, Sex and the IRS” is playing May 16 through June 6 at the Everett Music Hall at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. in the Everett Mall. Tickets sold at the door or online at www.CCTNW.org.

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